Video, 42′21″, color, sound
Mark Leckey (*1964 in Birkenhead, UK) rose to prominence in the 1990s for his video works exploring British music and subcultures. Broadly, his practice engages with the power of images and their manipulation, staging, and distribution in the digital age. The consumerist spectacle of brands, products, and certain works of art often act as starting points for Leckey, with his works transforming these references into prescient and humorous reflections on our time. He is widely regarded as a seminal figure—having influenced subsequent generations of artists dealing with similar questions of subculture, nostalgia, and pop culture.
Leckey’s Cinema-in-the Round (2006–2008) is a performance lecture about the influence of certain images on him as an artist. Originally performed in the cinema of New York’s Guggenheim Museum and divided into four chapters, Leckey presents found-footage of films, videos, and television quotes: from paintings by Philip Guston and a history of cats in cartoons, to a juxtaposition of The Simpsons with the feature film Titanic. In Cinema-in-the Round, one can witness Leckey’s fascination with the techniques that bring images to life on the silver screen and the relationships between object and image.
Screening: 9 January – 10 April 2022
Sunday, 11:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M., free admission